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ABC
Dec 28, 2012 5:00am PST
capitol hill hoping to avoid the fiscal cliff. spending cuts and tax hikes will go into effect unless lawmakers can broker a deal. >> reporter:cx$z president obama will4zkn:eÑ with congressional leaders later today at the white house. it may be too late for a deal. there are just four days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. >> i have to be honest mr. president, i don't know timewise how it can happen now.((?u >> reporter: harry reid lashed out at house speaker bane area out at house speaker bane area caution him ofrm" dictatorship. >> boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> reporter: republicans blame democrats. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank cheque or anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the american people. >> reporter: president obama flew home early from his speaker boehner call the house back into town for an unusual sunday session. members of congress understand the 11th hour actions may not be enough to app
PBS
Dec 27, 2012 6:30pm PST
-called fiscal cliff, taxes and spending cuts unless democrats and republicans reach a deal by new year's eve. >> nearly all the major players in those negotiations are starting to agree on one thing, and that is that a deal is virtually impossible by that deadline. senior officials say there is little hope of a grand bargain to shave trillions of dollars off of america's mountain of debt. >> applause for the bell at the start of the trading day is a daily ritual at the new york stock exchange, despite the enthusiasm, traders are keeping an anxious eye on share prices. the fiscal cliff is on everyone's mind. u.s. treasury secretary timothy geithner has warned that his department will need to take extraordinary measures to postpone the upcoming government defaults. he plans adjustments to the national budget that would give the u.s. two months of grace. president barack obama has said he is still hopeful that a resolution can be reached this year. he cut short his vacation in hawaii to restart negotiations with republicans in congress. before christmas, the president called for bipa
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 7:00am EST
spending cuts that are set to kick in on januar1st. that fiscal cliff and its potential impact on our economy brought lawmakers from both uses to washington for last-minute negotiations. concerns about the cliff spooked investors, the holiday shortened trading week was lighter in volume but higher in volatility. the worst decline of the month on thursday after a disappointing read on consumer confident and some public statements by congressional leaders. and yet with one final trading day to go, all the major averages were still showing positive performance for the year of 2012. meantime, the u.s. is set to reach the debt limit on monday. that according to treasury secretary tim geithner in a letter to congress, though, he did say he expects to take what he called extraordinary measures to extend the government's borrowing ability for another two months or so. and even your cup coffee, once a deal on the fiscal cliff. baristas at the 120 starbucks in washington, d.c. were encouraged by management to add a shot of partisanship to their drink orders and r remind customers i our nation's
NBC
Dec 30, 2012 2:30am EST
massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases. >> find some way to avoid the fiscal cliff, to avoid doing anything that would contract the economy now. >> does that mean extending the tax cuts? >> the real issue is not whether they should be extended for another few months. the real issue is whether the price the republican house will put on that extension is the permanent extension of the tax cuts. >> grur going to extend the tax cuts you're going to have 3.8 trillion added in ten years to the $16 trillion we already owe. i mean, have a drink. >> we can't keep giving the middle class tax cuts like the president says he wants to do and romney says he wants to do when we got -- when we have a trillion dollar deficit. >> just a few days before the election day and you're analysis of the polls have given the president better than 80% chance of winning re-election? >> the fact that the president leads in the polls in ohio and iowa states where you would need -- he would need to win 207 electoral votes means he's the favorite in the electoral college. >> this is the era o
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am EST
able to reach a deal. >> the nation is edging closer to that fiscal cliff, as lawmakers spend more time on blame than action. >>> also, he's being called one of the great military giants of our time. this morning, general norman schwarzkopf is being remembered as a soldier and a patriot. >>> and a woman shoves a man in front of an oncoming train and then runs away. it's the second deadly subway shoving this month. and this morning, we're getting our first look at the woman police say did it. >>> and it was a gift meant for a stranger. but it built a community. the unexpected outcome of one man's message in a bottle. >>> good morning. i'm muhammad lila, in for rob nelson. >> i'm brandi hitt. paula faris is on assignment today. we begin this morning with a new effort to avoid the fiscal cliff. it's an 11th-hour attempt to reach a deal. but lawmakers are not optimistic. >> wendy gillette is here with the latest. good morning, wendy. >> reporter: good morning, president obama will meet be lawmakers this afternoon. time is running out with no deal in sight. president obama will meet wit
PBS
Dec 21, 2012 6:30pm PST
-called fiscal cliff of automatic spending cuts and tax hikes comes ever closer. >> his proposal, known as plan b, was shot down by republicans who refuse to support any tax increases. the plan would have raised taxes on income over $1 million. he says it is now up to president barack obama to come up with a solution. >> what could that mean for ordinary americans? our reporter went to find out. >> store manager jennifer thomas sells trendy designer fashions at her boutique in the u.s. capitol, washington, d.c. it is a tough business. competition is fierce, and it could get worse if the u.s. were to slip over the fiscal cliff. automatic tax hikes across the board would mean less disposable income for american consumers. >> i think our biggest concerns here are we will not be seeing people purchase as many items as they have in the past. we will see people buy jeans and a top, but they will not buy an additional pair of jeans or a dress on top of that. >> many customers are already pinching pennies. >> it has put a lower ceiling than normal on what we can spend for the holidays, our expendi
CNBC
Dec 28, 2012 6:00pm EST
we'd go over the fiscal cliff. >> spending cuts this is based on good intentions, a framework or agree to agree to spending cuts down the road and this is the criticism that historically, sort of ad nauseam, that there are those good intentions that never through. >> all of the republicans will hear grover norquist recite over and over, every time they promise spending cuts in exchange for tax hikes, the tax hikes came, the spending cuts never came. >> and how long will the road be in terms of what the subpoenaing cuts might or might not be? that will prolong the uncertainty in the market. and with the ceo conference call in the 6:00 hour, that should be very interesting. will we feel the effect of this in the first quarter earnings and gdp, other economic data points. >> it puts republican caucus in the house in the position of having to decide whether no deal is better than a bad deal. >> you know, melissa, if i could chime in, one thing, you didn't hear the president talking about the debt ceiling, and the treasury secretary says we'll start running up against the debt ceiling on mo
FOX News
Dec 23, 2012 1:00pm PST
to bring the word christmas into his son's school. >> gregg: we begin with so-called fiscal cliff, major concerns for the u.s. economy are not keeping lawmakers from heading home for the holidays. but with lawmakers from both parties still at odds over how to avoid that inevitable cliff, tax hikes, spending cuts associated with it, some of them are taking to the sunday talk shows to make their respective cases with just nine days until every american taxpayer feels the pinch. steve centanni, steve is there still any chance some sort of a comprehensive agreement can be reached? >> reporter: it's looking less and less likely. two sides in the did the debate had their say on sunday talk shows. there is a lot of talk and not much action. john boehner called off his public for a plan b, there has been no movement toward any kind of deal and some are saying the president wasn't to avoid that fiscal cliff. >> when i listen to the president, i think the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. he sees a political victory. he gets additional tax revenues and gets to cut the military which democrats have been calling for years. he gets to blame republicans for it. >> reporter: if nothing has done by the end of the year, taxes go up for everybody. >> gregg: will be the president b
CNBC
Dec 26, 2012 5:00am EST
numbers for you. >>> the u.s. is set to go over the fiscal cliff in five days. that means taxes will go up for nearly every american. dramatic spending cuts will kick in. president obama and congress will be back from vacation tomorrow. but will anything get done? >>> plus, wild winter weather sweeping through the country. we'll bring you the latest details on which part of the u.s. could be hit next. cnbc's "worldwide exchange" starts now. >>> and welcome to a special edition of reside worldwide. ross andcle reoff today for boxes day in -- kelly are off today for boxing day. for now, you is us. >> we'll start with a brief check on the markets. energy and metals are trading higher now, wtis up about 55 cents. brent crude up 65 cents. also want to check in on the gold price, as well. gold right now down about slightly under the flat line there, 1,-658. well below the 1,700 mark. the cme globex has been closed for christmas. it's going to reopen at 6:00 a.m. eastern time. that goes for treasuries and the foreign exchange market, as well. >> as for action in the overseas markets, the u.k. is closed today for boxing day as are some of the for
CBS
Dec 29, 2012 6:30pm EST
senate right now doesn't even include the biggest part of the fiscal cliff, that 1.2 trillion dollars in mandatory budget cuts, spending cuts that are also due to kick in this tuesday. the thinking up here goes like this, let's handle the tax cuts now, and readvise the spending cuts later. >> thank you. in addition to the $500 billion in automatic tax hikes, as you just heard from wyatt, the fiscal cliff also includes 1.2 trillion in mandatory spending cuts. congressional democrats and republicans agreed to these drastic cuts last year, to force both parties to the table on deficit reduction. if they can agree by monday at midnight, the following cut take effects. over the next nine years, the u.s. defense budget would be reduced by $455 billion. domestic programs would be slashed by 464 billion. 1,000 government programs face potential cuts, including three that directly impact air travel. john bentley has the story. >> reporter: long waits at airport security are nothing new. but if the u.s. government goes over the fiscal cliff, they could get even longer. according to one congressional analysis, the transportation secur
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
. >> j president obama will meet with leaders from capitol hill today, hoping to avoid the fiscal cliff, combination of spending cuts and tax hikes with will go into effect unless lawmakers can broker a deal before the end of the year. will meet with congressional white house. it may be too late for a deal. there are just four days left before the fiscal cliff deadline. jive to be very honest mr. president, -- >> i have to be very honest mr. president, i don't know time-wise how it can happen now. >> reporter: senate majority leader harry reid]vtkÑ lashed ot at speaker boehner accusing him of running a tar forship. >> john boehner seems to -- >> reporter: republican leaders blame democrats for the standoff and say there are limits to a compromise. >> republicans aren't about to write a blank cheque or anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. that wouldn't be fair to the american people. >> reporter: president obama flew home early from his hawaii vacation yesterday. speaker boehner call the house back into town for an unusual sunday session. members of congress
CBS
Dec 26, 2012 5:30pm PST
uncertainty about the so-called fiscal cliff, tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year. if lawmakers don't reach a deal to avoid it, consumers could see higher taxes eating into their paychecks. even online sales suffered. compared to past years of double-digit growth, this year, online holiday sales rose only about 8%, compared to nearly 16% last year. overall, holiday spending accounts for up to 30% of retailers' annual sales, so the disappointing season is a concern for an economy struggling to recover. >> consumers need to have more confidence. consumers need to feel that their jobs are secure. it's not an ideal situation. it's more of a conservative, cautious time. and companies are managing carefully, consumers are spending carefully. >> reporter: retailers are now hoping to lure consumers with deep discounts of 75% to 80% off in some cases as they try to salvage profits from this lackluster holiday shopping season. jim. >> axelrod: so, elaine, this is the first set of holiday shopping numbers that we've seen. any chance that they'll be revised as we get more data
FOX News
Dec 25, 2012 3:00pm PST
the looming fiscal cliff. consumer spending bounced back after dipping in october. >> overall sales will be up 5-6%. >> but at the same tie he said shoppers are holding back and the businesses are holding back on filling positions, because the economic climate for 2013 is uncertain. doug? >> can't get out of neutral. >> can't get out of neutral. >> we'll have more on this with the panel. washington did not get a fiscal cliff deal for christmas so that means president obama and lawmakers will need to kick it to overdrive to get something done by new year's. this is easier said than done. >> after weeks of bitterness, this is not a contest of the parties between who looks good and who doesn't. >> the only thing both sides agree on now is christmas may provide a cooling off period. >> ebb can drink eggnog. have christmas cookies. sing christmas carols. enjoy company of loved ones. >> hope springers eternal. >> when the christmas trees come down tomorrow from waikiki beach and elsewhere, the nation will be staring at the cliff that economists warned could spark a new recession. the fact
KRON
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am PST
nation edges closer to the fiscal cliff. president obama and top congressional leaders will look for common ground to keep automatic tax increases and spending cuts from kicking in. they only have four days to reach an agreement or the u.s. economy will go over the so- called fiscal cliff. that's when automatic tax increases and spending cuts would take effect. reaching a deal before then what be easy. right now both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we in washington are working while the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president i would be happy to look at whatever he proposes but the truth is we're coming against a hard deadline here. i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> former president george h. w. bush is still in intensive care at a hospital in houston with a stubborn fever. the family is, that he will be out of the i see you sound. the chief of staff said supporters a note yesterday including " he would ask me to tell you please put the sharks back in the c
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 7:00am PST
about the fiscal cliff most of the attention is about taxes going up and that being the so called fiscal cliff but the other side of that cliff is that the massive spending cuts automatic cuts are kicking in at the beginning of next year. largely targeted at the pentagon. and what is interesting is all of this deal making we are talking about on capitol hill would really just focus on unemployment benefits and tax side of the cliff as i mentioned and most of deals it appears would not shut off the so called sequester that would hit the pentagon. on "fox news sunday" senator lindsey graham told chris wallace he got a call from the defense secretary suggesting these cuts are coming. lake a listen. >> i was called by leon panetta at 7:30 during dinner. >> secretary of defense. >> this is the failure of the supercommittee to find $1.2 trillion in cuts. half of the 1.2 falls on defense who already cut. he says if we do this we will shoot the defense department in the head and send out 800,000 layoff notices the beginning of the year. he is worried to death if we don't fix sequestration we will destroy the biggest military in the world at the time we need it most.
MSNBC
Dec 28, 2012 10:00am PST
last-ditch effort to avoid going over the fiscal cliff. >> getting a little more optimistic today. there's sometimes darkest before the dawn. >> right now we are at a stalemate because we haven't been willing to -- democrats haven't been willing to consider the issue of spend. >> there's some signs of possible flexibility but first of all, it would be helpful if the house of representatives came back. >> like it was a harvard law review just to show who is the smartest person in the room. we don't need the smartest person in the room. we immediate somebody to say all right, america, we need to deal with revenues. that's the bad news. we immediate to deal with the medicare fiscal cliff or you are not going on get your medical bills paid. >> remembering an american original. >> iraqis are dumb muff to attack her going to pay a terrible price. >> nicknamed stormin' norman for his ledgendary temper. he died thursday due to complications from pneumonia. >>> it is a year comes to a close, we look back at the amr moments that left us starstruck and speechless in 2012. >>> good day. i'm luke russert. live in washington, d.c. in for andrea this afternoon is the calm before the economic storm white house officials and congressional leaders have kept quiet. ahead of the pivotal
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am EST
upset with this congress. >> the fiscal cliff will bring massive tax increases and deep spending cuts. the treasury department would have trouble paying its bills. many economists worry the financial woes will plunged the u.s. back into recession. one possible effect of the fiscal cliff, milk prices could buy $2 or $3 a gallon because farm programs expire at the end of the year. some are calling that dairy cliff. correct the fiscal cliff is not the only potential economic hazard on the horizon. thousands of workers at the port of baltimore and 14 of reports from boston to houston are threatened to go on strike this sunday. those ports move about 40% of the nation's container cargo traffic. the economic damage would reach well beyond the docks. >> from your mom-and-pop retailers to the farmers to the trucking companies will have to go pick up the containers at the ports. this will be felt not just at the ports locally, but nationwide everybody is on the ports to move their comrades. >> a major sticking point is the future royalties that the companies pay the longshoremen who moved the
FOX
Dec 28, 2012 9:00am EST
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FOX News
Dec 28, 2012 1:00pm PST
a spending problem. what do you see? >> z we're not on the verge of fiscal cliff, we have already gone over the of fiscal cliff. look at our problem with spending, how bloated our government is. we're $16 trillion in debt. something needs to be done. this year we're going to spend $165 billion more than we receive in social security. $3 we're going to spend for every 65 we receive in social security in medicare. this is absolutely -- we need to stop. this is not fair to young people. it's not fair for future generations they have to inherit this debt. something needs to be done. >> i agree. what do we do when we have personal debt? we raise our income, we want to raise our revenue and cut spending. >> we're not going to take -- >> we put it forward and we've cut spending cut $.5 trillion last year. >> where? >> i want to take money from the private sector and give it to a bunch of bureau kratz. let the money stay in the private sector. don't raise taxes when we have a slow economy. >> why are you telling me that? tell john boehner not to raise taxes. he'll raise them on all of us. the congress is on taxes. everything -- we shouldn't be debating this
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 5:00am PST
the fiscal cliff. i have tens of thousands of federal employees and a great deal of defense spending would be at risk. so if we don't suspend the sequester and it looks like this very small deal may not even achieve that, then i'd have to be a no vote. so if i had to guess right now, i don't think we're going to be able to reach a deal no matter how small it might be. >> a vote could take place later today, and you can watch coverage right here on cnn. >>> the president will continue to plead his case for a deal today. he's making his first appearance on a sunday talk show in more than three years. he's on nbc's "meet the press." mr. obama is expected to call for an immediate vote by congress on a scaled-back plan that would only extend middle class tax breaks and unemployment benefits if the congressional negotiations fail. >>> fears over the fiscal cliff are weighing heavily on u.s. stocks, which posted five straight days of losses. the dow had a triple-digit loss on friday. the nasdaq and s&p 500 entered the day and week in the red. i spoke with one wall street trader about mow a deal c
FOX Business
Dec 25, 2012 5:00pm EST
middle income people, if that happens because of the fiscal cliff, they will spend less money at cash register. the businesses they buy from will buy less from fastsigns. melissa: thank you very much. i wish we had more time. promise me you will all come back. >> come back. melissa: thanks so much. >> thank you. melissa: just when you thought there couldn't be anymore bailouts, think again. the federal housing administration is on the verge of collapse and you and i could be stuck with the multibillion-dollar tab. >>> syria's regime now loading bombs with sarin gas? is this ready to blow through the u.s.'s so-called red line? details on this story coming up. do you ever have too much money? john is 42. mortgage. married. two great kids. he wants to protect his family with a $500,000 term life insurance policy. what do you think it'll cost him? a hundred dollars a month? sixty? forty? actually none of the above. john can get a $500,000 policy -from a highly rated insurer - for under $25 a month. his secret? selectquote. selectquote is impartial. they'll search the pick of insurers like
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am EST
fiscal cliff. in ten days across h board-spends cuts take effect. >>> if president obama and congress fails to reach an agreement the price of milk could lead sharply. john blackstone reports. >> who wants milk? >> me. >> me. >> me. >> reporter: with four children the rasmussen family in california drinks about five gallons a week on milk. if congress doesn't pass the bill, i would cost him $106. >> they have to have their milk. we might have to cut elsewhere. >> reporter: back then the process was more laborious and farmers needed a higher subsidy to cover their costs. dan sumner says the new price of milk will with far above what it now costs dairy farmers to produce it. >> it really will be chaos. >> reporter: so we would go back to this old farm bill which would force the government to buy milk at an extremely high price. >> that's right. >> reporter: this could be a windfall for dairy farmers. >> here's the problem. they don't want chaos. it sounds good, everybody will double or about triple the price but nobody's going to pay for it. >> shoppers couldn't understand why
FOX Business
Dec 26, 2012 12:00am EST
, if that happens because of the fiscal cliff, they will spend less money at cash register. the businesses they buy from will buy less from fastsigns. melissa: thank you very much. i wish we had more time. promise me you will all come back. >> come back. melissa: thanks so much. >> thank you. melissa: just when you thought there couldn't be anymore bailouts, think again. the federal housing administration is on the verge of collapse and you and i could be stuck with the multibillion-dollar tab. >>> syria's regime now loading bombs with sarin gas? is this ready to blow through the u.s.'s so-called red line? details on this story coming up. do you ever have too much money? melissa: so in case you hadn't heard we could look at another government bailout for possibly billions of dollars. housing secretary sean donovan on the hot seat today testifying in front of the senate banking committee how he hopes to avoid a bailout for the federal housing authority. our peter barnes has the latest. peter. >> hey, melissa. republicans charged that a treasury bailout of the fha is coming and th
FOX Business
Dec 28, 2012 11:00pm EST
fiscal cliff and take other major decisions on taxes and spending to the future. again, in an afternoon white house meeting president obama pitch a debt plan he had outlined a week ago, prevent a tax increase for income of less than to an effective thousand dollars per year and extend long-term unemployment benefits. senate leaders are using that framework to try to craft a proposal to pass both houses of congress. aides say it would likely increase the threshold for tax increases, reversing massive pay cut from medicare doctors, and elections of millions of americans to avoid paying the alternative minimum tax. an increase in the debt ceiling is not part of the discussion. that is significant development for house republicans who won any increase in the borrowing limit it accompanied by an equal amount in spending cuts taking the debt ceiling of the table making it much easier for the scaled-down version to be negotiated. from here senate leaders will try to secure an agreement by sunday morning. if so, democrats and republicans will try to sell its house and senate members.
FOX News
Dec 29, 2012 4:00pm PST
about to go over the so-called fiscal cliff, the punishing combination of higher taxes on just about every worker in america and deep spending cuts particularly to our military. top lawmakers are calling in staff members for meetings on this saturday. right now we are told senate leaders are working on a potential deal. still our journalists on the hill are being told there will be no official proposals or votes until tomorrow at the very earliest. the time line qoo -- could not be tighter. we will begin seeing lower tax rates expiring and federal aid for things like unemployment checks. here is a statistic for you. if there is no deal in place for january 1st, those benefits, those unemployment benefits will no longer be authorized. the law project estimates some two million americans will stop receiving benefits after december 29th. that's today. many experts fear going over the cliff could send our weak economy plunging back into a recession. president obama says he remains optimistic, but he says no bargain could be reached in congress, then congress must vote on his back up plan to block taxes for anybody making less than $2
ABC
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am PST
cliff with massive spending cuts and tax hikes cut to automatically kick in. lawmakers will get down to work starting at 10:00 this morning our time. senate negotiators are trying to come up with a last-minute compromise to present to the house. president obama says any bipartisan bill has to extend unemployment benefits, affecting some 2 million americans. he says it must increase taxes on the highest income earners. the president knows neither side is going to get everything they want, and he thinks it's time for house republicans to compromise. it is very important for republicans in congress to say we aren't going to get 100%, at the need to compromise in order to solve problems. >> if there is enough in the agreement for republicans to be able to support it, and we can get a majority of republicans in the senate and a majority of democrats in the senate, then i think there's a good opportunity for a majority of democrats and republicans in the house. >> well, the stock markets appear to be betting against a compromise deal. the dow plunged 158 points on friday after dropping every
FOX News
Dec 22, 2012 9:00pm PST
house speaker john boehner helped create the fiscal cliff and if they don't get a long-term budget deal done massive automatic spending cuts are triggered. do you know what the slap to address the cliff. >> raise taxes on the rich people. >> every time it comes on the radio or the news i turn it off. >> raise taxes on the rich which i think will fund government for like a week. >> are you worried about your taxes going up? >> i actually hope the fiscal cliff happens. let's push it off the cliff and do it. >> do you know who john boehner is? >> no. >> the tan guy. he cries a lot? >> he cries a lot? poor thing. i would, too, if he was the speaker of the house. >> do you know who john boehner is? >> i have seen him. we use the same tanning bed. >> the fiscal cliff. are you afraid? >> very worried, indeed. >> i'm scared of heights, so. >> are you nervous? >> i think you are making me nervous. ♪ feels just like i'm falling for the first time ♪ >> just the day before the painful spending cuts take place, the bush tax cuts expire. that is why they call it the fiscal cliff. president obama wants to let the taxes go up on the s
FOX News
Dec 26, 2012 10:00am PST
and a scarf. >>> as the clock winds down on the fiscal cliff, massive spend tax hikes for americans, we'll have an update on how things may change. gregg: and speaking of the new year, we're looking back at the top scandals of 2012 in a must-see report. we're going to use the word tryst a lot. i love that word, tryst. heather: blues, that dead -- plus, that deadly winter storm that has created blizzard conditions across the nation's midsection, where it is headed next and what it means for millions of travelers heading home after the holidays. >> my mom and dad live in el paso, and i was planning on going to el paso, but i think i'll be staying home now. >> it was slick. i don't care to go back through it. i seen about a, oh, right at a dozen wrecks. one was overturned. just really bad. i don't advise going south. mine was earned off vietnam in 1968. over the south pacific in 1943. i got mine in iraq, 2003. usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation. because offers a superior level of protection, and because usaa's commitment to serve the military, vetera
FOX Business
Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm EST
held by private investors. gerri: i want to talk about another issue with you that is a fiscal cliff going over the fiscal cliff, what will that do to housing? >> the worst case scenario in the fiscal cliff if the tax increases and spending cuts come into effect would be bad for the economy and would really hurt housing demand. even if the fiscal cliff is solved, less damaging ways to resolve the fiscal cliff, the housing market still might be affected if the mortgage interest deduction is cut back severely. right now the mortgage interest deduction cost the government roughly $100 billion per year in revenue and getting rid of that would likely increase home values particularly in more expensive areas. gerri: rehear it would put the brakes on selling and home buying in those areas. what are the issues for you? you know all the issues and housing, what are you looking for next year? >> three things have been really important, the first is the inventories of homes for sale are down sharply. that is great news for home sellers because there is less competition. bad news for buyers. demand is also up, rising rent, rising prices, both of those will get urgency. the growth hasn't been great but it has been enough to get people off
FOX News
Dec 22, 2012 9:00am PST
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ABC
Dec 30, 2012 6:00am PST
moves closer and closer to the brink of that fiscal cliff with massive spending cuts and tax hikes set to automatically kick in. they are trying to come up with a last minute compromise. president said any bipartisan bill would have to extend unemployment benefits affecting some 2 million americans. it would also have to increase taxes on the highest income earners. >> just can't afford a politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. the economy is growing, but keeping it that way means that the folks you sent to washington have to do their jobs. >> the president's proposal to raise taxes on the top two percent of americans won't even pay one-third of the annual interest that's now owed on the massive $16 trillion debt. >>> the house returns tonight just one day before a deal needs to be reached. it's likely negotiators will be burning the midnight oil as the clock ticks down to 2013. >> much more on the fiscal cliff this morning on abc's "this week i charles shumer of new york and republican senator john kyle of arizona debate the last-minute efforts. that's coming up at 8:00 this
CSPAN
Dec 22, 2012 7:00am EST
would cause an increase of $18 billion. on the other side of the fiscal cliff, spending cuts that would happen according to reuters, $65 billion for the budget -- for the budget control act. 26 tons billion in the emergency unemployment benefits would expire -- $26 billion in emergency unemployment benefits would expire. back to the phones. jim from michigan on our line for democrats. how are you? caller: i am great. how are you. host: where is your city? caller: it is near south bend, indiana near where notre dame is. i have a comment on your previous caller first. one of the impressions one could get with the way he talked to obama is like our spending started with obama -- out of control spending. that was in place with bush. obama inherited it. with our wars in iraq and afghanistan. i am believe that it seems like we have notes choice but to let the fiscal cliff happen because there is no way that we have no choice but to let the fiscal cliff -- there is no way but to let the fiscal cliff happen. guest: that is a popular notion, particularly among republicans. they are not lik
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 8:00am PST
, as have lders on the hill about the tax side of the so-called fiscal cliff, massive tax increases, bush tax rates expiring at the end of the year. but a lot of people, not fireworkussing on the sequester, the massive spending cut, that would largely target the pentagon. interesting on fox news sunday, republican lindy graham said he got a phone call from the defense secretary, saying even if there is a deal on tax, it is likely they won't have a deal on the spending cuts. so our national defense will take a hit. take a listen. >> not going to happen -- >> i talked to leon panetta last night, 7:30, during dinner -- >> secretary of defense? >> he said, lindsay, i have been told nothing of sequestration will go into effect, and that is the debt ceiling increase, half of the $1.2 falls on defense. we have cut $89 billion. he said, it would be shooting the defense department in the head and we will have to send out 800,000 layoff notices the beginning of the year. he is worried to death if we don't fix sequestration, we will destroy the finest military in the worlds when we need it most. >> if the sequestration goes through, massive impact on our national defense. if the tax rate issue is not settled, we could be f
FOX Business
Dec 30, 2012 1:00am EST
things like retail spending over the holidays. people just fear this fiscal cliff thing and they get scared and they tighten in and they don't spend as much, i think you're going to see that when the final retail resul come out from this past holiday season. that's why i want something resolved. even if there's a big headline in the washington post, it's fiscal cliff resolved and nothing got done, people would feel better about thin. >> toby, speak to that point. youon'think so, huh? >> was that the pablem strategy, gary? >> that's what we're going to get anyway. >> six months ago we passed on the horrible sequestration things so congress can have time and solve this, where did it get us? nowhere. and there's a reason people don't trust this congress, they haven't earned one eye o iota. >> and got their vacations. let's talk the economy. the economy is right on that precipice. if we were to just take a shot into, you know, the back side here, you know, our consumer confidence has been dropping week by week and we'll get right back into slow growth and tn we'll freak o and do something more stupid. you were smirking, jonas. >> to get
CBS
Dec 29, 2012 1:35am PST
of compromise tonight as the country teeters, just steps away from the fiscal cliff. the automatic tax increases and spending cuts kick in january 1 unless lawmakers find some common ground. cbs reporter danielle nottingham on what both sides are saying about the looming deadline. >> reporter: congressional leaders met with president obama at the white house, trying to avoid the automatic tax hikes and spending cuts set to kick in january 1. the president reminded lawmakers there's not much time left. >> we're now at the point where, in just four days, every american's tax rates are scheduled to go up by law. >> reporter: senators harry reid and mitch mcconnell returned to the senate floor, pledging to work through the weekend. >> we are engaged in discussions, the majority leader and myself and the white house, in hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation. >> we're gonna do the best we can for the caucuses we have and the country that's waiting for us to make a decision. >> reporter: democratic and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases.
CSPAN
Dec 23, 2012 6:00pm EST
economy. >> when we're talking about the fiscal cliff, we heard so much about spending and revenues over the next decade. is the best scenario over the next decade merely a maintenance of existing foreign aid? >> certainly we should maintain it. we have in fact cut back on foreign aid. at the very least, we should maintain it. i would like to see if we get to a place where we can have some agreement in washington and put our finances in better shape, in a few years we could increase it. foreign aid is good for the countries that get it, but also america. >> let me ask you about the situation in syria. 40,000 people dead. almost two years into a civil war. no real end in sight. the obama administration has a clear policy of avoiding intervention. what do you think should be done more in syria? >> syria is a complex issue. i was the author of the syrian accountability act, which passed both houses of congress and signed by president bush in 2004, slapping sanctions on syria for the first time ever. we knew in 1979 that syria was an aider and abetter of the assad regime. it put sanctio
MSNBC
Dec 24, 2012 2:00am PST
traders. as fiscal cliff talks drag into the 11th hour with $600 billion in tax hikes and spending cuts due to kick in early next year, lawmakers will get back to the table later this week after house speaker john boehner's plan b failed to get enough republican support for a vote last week. >>> still, the market has been resilient. despite friday's decline, the s&p 500 posted its best week in four. and with just five trading sessions left in 2012, the dow has advanced 8% while the s&p 500 climbed 13. the nasdaq has jumped 16%. >>> reports are due this week on pending home sales. sales of new homes and a look at home prices in the nation's 20 largest cities. >>> are you still not sure what to get for the person who has everything? new retail numbers show footwear was the fifth most popular gift on shoppers' lists on black friday. a year ago, shoes didn't even make it into the top ten gifts for the season. >>> good news for hollywood. attendance by moviegoers is up more than 5.5% so far this year. ticket revenue is projected to jump by 6% by the end of 2012 which would be the industry's
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 6:30pm EST
said he is mottestly optimistic about a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, which would mean avoiding automatic tax increases and spending cuts come, you know, 1. the president spoke to the nation this evening after an hour-long meeting with congressional leaders at the white house. democrat and republican leaders have agreed to extend jobless benefits and some tax increases. they appear to remain deadlocked on who exactly will pay those higher taxs. we have two reports tonight, beginning with major garrett at the white house. major, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, jeff. two things are clear tonight that were not clear this morning-- progress is real and if a deal is reached, it will be far smaller than any of the key players envisioned only a couple weeks ago. is this deal, if it's to be reached, will not the so-called grand bargain with trillions of dollars of deficit reduction. in fact, jeff, it's not even clear this deal-- again, if there is one-- would stop the across-the-board spending cuts for the defense department and other government programs. it looks like those cuts will go forward. what the president sai
MSNBC
Dec 24, 2012 2:30am PST
approaching the fiscal cliff. we're talking about uncertainty now on two issues close to american's hearts and across the country people are responding. some spending less this holiday this season as the fiscal cliff nears and others buying guns as that intensifies. fresh off a demand for armed guards in school, nra's wayne lapierre remained defiant in his one and only interview with david gregory. >> if it's crazy for calling for armed police in our schools to protect our children, call me crazy. >> reporter: the nra's leader dismissed calls for weapons bans. >> reporter: americans are responding, some buying weapons. >> i'm here to take advantage of an opportunity to do something about that before it happens. >> reporter: others protesting at gun shops. >> it's just not right. it's just insanity. insanity. >> reporter: back on capitol hill lawmakers address how to address this prickly issue, another stalemate and fiscal cliff negotiation. >> our republican colleagues by refusing to go along with revenues are risking the fiscal cliff. >> i think we're going to fall out of the fiscal tree. there will not be a big deal. >> reporter: confidence in any pro
FOX News
Dec 28, 2012 8:00am PST
. >> thank you. jon: well, right now as the clock winds down toward the fiscal cliff deadline and looming tax hikes and spending cuts, that will impact nearly every single american we are just hours away from a crucial white house meeting of the president obama and leaders from the house and senate will sit down for their first face-to-face since november! but what can they hope to accomplish with so little time left, and at this point do they even want to come up with a solution? joining us oklahoma congressman james langford, incoming chairman of republican policy committee and serves on the house oversight and budget committees. congressman, are we going over the cliff? >> well we certainly hope so, hope not actually, but trying to get this resolved. the house as you know full well passed all of our sequestration documents in may. passed all of our tax documents in august and we have waited for the senate all this time and for the president frankly all this time. frustrating for the house did all our work early and be at the point we never hoped to be at. jon: when senate majority leader harry reid says speaker b
CNN
Dec 30, 2012 9:00am PST
proposals to avert the fiscal cliff included $50 billion in new infrastructure spending. that as we know landed with a thud among congressional republicans but despite that reaction, it doesn't seem like the president is backing down. >> the second thing that we've got to do is stabilize the economy and make sure it's growing. part of that is deficit reduction, part of it is also making sure that we're investing, for example, in rebuilding our infrastructure which is broken. >> i'm joined now by two republican lawmakers wyoming senator barrasso of wyoming, we just said, and idaho congressman raul labrador. thank you for joining us. let's talk first about new spending. investment generally means you want to put more money into infrastructure, bridges, roads, schools, things like that. is that something that you all might go along with? is that a nonstarter? >> it's a nonstarter. the president really, and you have pointed to the problem, the problem in this country is we have a spending problem. that's how we ended up with $16 trillion in debt and yet the president doesn't talk about
FOX News
Dec 29, 2012 10:00am PST
alert. senate leaders now holding crucial fiscal cliff talks on capitol hill rushing to come up with a last ditch agreement to avoid deep spending cuts and year end tax hikes affecting the lives of every american, i'm kelly wright. >> i'm heather childers in for jamie colby. the 11th he hour scramble after a crucial meeting on friday, between president obama and the leaders of the house and senate and urged lawmakers to urge them to do whatever it takes to cut a deal. >> i'm modestly optimistic that an agreement can be achieved. nobody is going to get 100% of what they want, but let's make sure that middle class families and the american economy and the world economy aren't adversely impacted because people can't do their jobs. >> chief congressional correspondent mike emanuel is live in washington with the latest, mike. >> heather discussions are underway and i'm told we should not expect any news or announcements before senators are briefed tomorrow afternoon. after a meeting with the president late friday, the senate majority leader sounded cautiously optimistic. >> we have one meeting in the white house that was very constructive
FOX News
Dec 27, 2012 11:00pm PST
money in markets, done it a long time 20. years. we should just go over the fiscal cliff. swan dive over it. this is a spending trajectory and bury the economy if we go. i'm buying. >> andrea: there is not a deal sequestions ration. >> bob: first, everything you pass you retroactively do back to january 1. which they will do. not massive cut in spending right away. they won't allow people making less than $750,000 not have taxes. they won't allow fica to go back up. [over stalk ] >> bob: now you the debt ceiling. >> andrea: i want to get in here. you talk about the debt ceiling. i thought it was raised in february. isn't it suspect that all of a sudden turbo tax timmy puts out a letter saying with i'll hit the debt ceiling? if we go off the cliff, guess what that means? more revenue. credit rating agencies only care about revenue. we are likely to be just fine if we go off the cliff. >> bob: you said in the opening here. of course it's a game being played here. of course it is set up by obama. the republicans are in a big hole. >> greg: the only game more boring is soccer. >> kimberly: it's not. >> eric: nothing is more
PBS
Dec 27, 2012 6:00pm PST
affairs in washington today as the fiscal cliff deadline loomed, january first. it would mean more than $600 billion in across-the-board tax increases and automatic spending cuts. >> come the first of this year, americans will have less income than they have today. if we go over the cliff, and it looks like that's where we're headed. >> warner: this morning, the senate's democratic majority leader, harry reid, was blunt about chances for a deal. and he blamed house speaker john boehner. just before christmas, boehner floated his so-called "plan b"-- letting taxes rise on millionaires. but faced with opposition in republican ranks, he pulled it, and sent the house home for the holiday. reid charged today politics explained why the speaker had not yet called the house back. >> john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on a firm financial footing. it's obvious what's going on. he's waiting until january 3 to get reelected to speaker before he gets serious about negotiations. >> warner: a boenhner spokesman shot back, "harry reid should talk less and legislate more." but late today, republican leaders put out word that t
NBC
Dec 27, 2012 11:00pm EST
possible before a strike happens. >> to another possible financial crisis, the fiscal cliff. without a fix on general one, tax hikes and spending cuts will kick in. president obama will meet and search for some type of compromise. leaders continue to play the blame game and point figures. >> i cannot imagine their consciences. we are here trying to get something done. republicans are not about to write a blank check just because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff,. >> i highly unusual sunday evening session. a man is in a, tonight after he -- found beaten in the hous in a house. he suffered from head trauma. he had gone to give estimates on contract work when he went missing. >> they robbed him. they were wrong for what they did. i hear about stuff like this on the news but i would never know it would come to my family during the holiday season. >> the search continues for a suspect. ever since the massacre, he gun control debate has been raving. it had us curious about gun sales in maryland. >> the rifle adam lanza used was legally owned and registered to his mother. police say he shot her florida -- four times in the head
CBS
Dec 22, 2012 6:30pm EST
snowfall. >> axelrod: jeff, thank you so much. it's nine days now until the fiscal cliff of tax increases and spending cuts. still, congress has gone home for the holidays, and today president obama and his family arrived in honolulu, where they'll celebrate christmas. the president says he is ready to return to make a deal. retailers called today "super saturday." it is traditionally one of the busiest shopping days of the year. businesses are banking on it because so far this season sales numbers have not been as stroongz many had hoped to see. here's michelle miller. >> reporter: kidding around isa a specialty toy store in new york city. you won't find any of this stuff at target, wal-mart? >> no. >> reporter: the owner says today is his busiest day of the year. within the last month, what have your sales been? >> they're up from last year about 5.5% but some of that is the influence of the early hanukkah. >> reporter: he's doing better than most retailers. shopper track, which monitors consumer behavior nationwide, predicted holiday sales growth of 3.3%. they just cut it to 2.5%. >> the traffic growth
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am PST
fiscal cliff would bring massive tax increases and deep spending cuts. the treasury department would have trouble paying its bills. many economists worry the financial woes would plunge the u.s. back into a recession. just one possible effect of the fiscal cliff. milk prices could spike $2 or $3 a gallon, because farm programs will expire at the end of the year. some are calling that dairy cliff. live in new york, wendy gillette. >> wendy gillette in new york. thank you. >>> the country has lost one of its great warriors. tributes are pouring in this morning for retired general norman schwarzkopf. the general died yesterday in tampa after a battle with pneumonia. schwarzkopf commanded "operation desert storm" that drove iraqi forces from kuwait. in retirement, he championed causes. norman schwarzkopf was 78. >>> now, to former president george h.w. bush's condition. his chief of staff says he will be in the hospital for a while. the 41st president is recovering from a terrible case of bronchitis with a series of complications. she says that mr. bush is getting excellent medical treat
KRON
Dec 21, 2012 11:00pm PST
fiscal cliff. that is the end- of- the year trigger on tax hikes. and spending cuts. >> in the next few days i've asked leaders of congress to work towards a package that prevents a tax hike on middle class americans, protects unemployment insurance for 2 million americans and lays the groundwork for further work on both and deficit reduction. >>pam: house speaker john boehner failed to gain enough of his party's support for his "plan b". that proposal would have raised taxes only on those americans making more than one million dollars a year. without a deal, steep tax hikes and massive government spending cuts are set to kick in after january first. as the fiscal cliff countdown continues. house and senate members and president obama. have all recessed for the christmas holiday. >> the ninth circut court of appeals today blocked a california law which bans the controversial therapy. that aims to turn gay minors. straight. the three judge panel issued an emergency order, to put the law on hold until the court can hear further arguments. the law. which governor jerry brown signed in
NBC
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am EST
fiscal cliff, retroactively fix those tax increases and spending cuts. but, mara, the big question is what is even an temporary uncertainty going to do to the stock market. >> danielle leigh, thank you for that report. >>> the nation is mourning the loss of one of the great military leaders of our time. retired four star general norman schwarzkopf died in his home in tampa, florida. the cause of death is unknown. he was 78. known as stormin' norman was movies famous for leading the victory in 1991. under schwarzkopf's command he earned two purple hearts. the white house is calls schwarzkopf an american original. general colin powell said of his friend that he, quote, not only inspired his troops but as inspired the nation. schwartz cough is survived by his wife brenda and his three children. >>> former president george h.w. bush remains in the hospital in houston recovering from a terrible case of bronchitis which has triggered a series of complications. while mr. bush's condition is serious, in an e-mail yesterday, a spokesman said the former president hasn't lost his sense of humor.
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 10:00am EST
, the fiscal cliff discussions are centered around taxes and spending. we have a lot of other unfinished business in this congress. call me perhaps cynical and realistic, but i am sure will be planted into the 113th congress -- punted into the 113th congress. one of them is the farm bill. there is a threat that their prices could as much as double. you come from a part of indiana that is very diverse. what are you hearing in terms of those sorts of issues that are not necessarily in front of the headlines on newspapers or cnn or c-span about issues like that? >> this is an example of a washington has changed. they used to be certain issues, national security, transportation, agriculture that tended to not be partisan and all. you could come up with a solution that both sides could live with. this is another example of something that has historically not been a political football. there are some reasons for that. the bill used to be about 50-50 agricultural issues and 50% food stamps. now 80% of this bill is food stamps. it is not even aptly named when mcauliffe the farm bill a
CNN
Dec 27, 2012 8:00am PST
there. his holiday vacation so he could deal with the looming fiscal cliff. all eyes are on that now and everyone wondering whether congress will be able to reach a deal by january 1st. if not, spending cuts and tax hikes for every american will go into effect and we're watching that story very, very closely. as i mentioned, just five days left before the new year. but wait, before they bring out the champagne and confetti on the 31st, folks in washington need to start making big decisions regarding that fiscal cliff. here's what will happen if no deal is reached. the economy could fall into a recession. that's been widely reported. the congressional budget office forecasts a drop of .5% in the real gross domestic product and a 9.1% unemployment rate by the end of next year. markets in the u.s. and around the world could take a hit. right now the dow is down almost 100 points. no santa clauz rally this year. managing director of the boston consulting group joins me from chicago. great to see you. happy holidays. let's talk about the effect on the economy. i think it's important to point out that it if no deal is reached by january 1st, some things will take effect right away. 2% increase
CNBC
Dec 26, 2012 2:00pm EST
higher taxes. i would rather see a much bigger fiscal cliff in the way of government spending cuts. that's what we really need. but if we're not going to do that, we're not going to cut spending, then the middle class has to brace for the bad news. they have to pay for all this government and the best way to do it is with taxes. unfortunately, taxes on the rich are not going to work. they are already overtaxed. it's the middle class that's going to have to pay more if we want all this government. >> do you think they can, peter, without destroying the economy? because the question i asked extensively last week is why is a couple hundred dollar tax rise to the middle class a doom now, but during the clinton era, it was praised? >> well, people don't have the home equity they had back then and they don't have the stock market wealth they had back then. >> costs have gone up. >> inflation, inflation has -- look at how much gas costs now compared to what it cost back then. food is a lot more expensive. look, the economy is buckling under the weight of all this government. no, i don't t
FOX News
Dec 23, 2012 7:00am PST
spending cuts and tax hikes everyone's calling the fiscal cliff. the white house and top lawmakers are at odds on how to avoid the crisis. on "fox news sunday" two key senators gave their thoughts on where the talks are headed. >> i would hope we would have one last attempt here to do what everyone knows needs to be done, a larger plan that stabilizes the debt and gets us moving the right direction and does it in a way that is cognizant than we have a economy that's recovering and is weak. >> the president is eager to go over the cliff for political purposes. he sees a victory at the bottom. he gets additional tax revenue, he cuts the military which democrats have been calling for and he gets to blame republicans for it. >> joining us now as he does every sunday, chris wallace. good morning, chris. >> good morning, eric. >> we just heard two conflicting views. one senator saying that they hope to have one last meeting. the other saying he thinks president obama wants to go over the fiscal cliff. chris, what do you think's going to happen? >> up till thursday, when the house voted down or
FOX News
Dec 27, 2012 12:00pm PST
final days of 2012. >> mike, thank you. on top of those fiscal cliff concerns, the treasury secretary, timothy geithner, warns we're set to hit the debt ceiling new year's eve, the max amount we're allowed to spend. the current limit is $16.4 trillion. he says the obama administration will work to make sure the u.s. does not default on loans right away but the debate will be another drag on the economy. with us, the chief business correspondent for u.s. news and world report, rick newman, and author of rebounders, how winners pivot from setback to success. talk about the debt ceiling for us, first of all, welcome. talk about the debt ceiling and how it affects us. we here horror scenarios about the red -- credit rating. >> one good thing you can say about reaching the debt limit is it's not a surprise. everybody has known this is coming up. the government will continue to function for a couple more months. emergency measures will be used to keep the money flowing, so to speak. this is unrelated to the fiscal cliff, so it's an additional problem that everybody has to deal with. of course the worst thing is we know how horrible it was the last time the debt ceiling needed to be raised in the summer of
ABC
Dec 28, 2012 5:00am EST
, but the u.s. economy would go off a fiscal cliff. that's when automatic spending increases and spending cuts would take effect. -- a deal will not be easy, because both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president we would be happy to look at whatever he proposes. the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline. this is a conversation we should have had months ago. clerk democrats want to extend bush-era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making to a hundred $50,000 or more per year. many republicans are against any tax increases. -- democrats want to extend bush-era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making $250,000 per year. >> d.c. mayor vincent gray says the christmas eve killing on capitol hill is a rallying cry to put more police on the streets in city neighborhoods. his comments come days after jason em
MSNBC
Dec 24, 2012 7:00am PST
3 consumers says the fiscal cliff as impacted the spending decisions. here's what a few had to say. >> i'm definitely shopping on a budget, because i just wrote a book and had to spend a lot of money to get the book printed. >> i think we always exceed the budget. >> my budget this year is lower, but it's going okay. i'm able to get little gifts here and there. >> we're spending a lot of money this year. >> reporter: the only one saying they're spending a lot is a female. i don't want to draw any conclusions from that. as of the weekend, the average spending was only $340 action and that's less than half the total spending expected this year. also wednesday, the after-christmas sales those are folded into holiday spending. >> that's when us frugal guys get out there. jane wells, thank you -- >> reporter: that really is procrastinating. >>> appreciate it. he's made his list, checked it twice. in a nnorad will be tracking his travels. joining from us colorado spring. lieutenant general, thank you for joining us. >> the operation is going full swing since 4:00 this morning, tracking s
CNN
Dec 29, 2012 2:00pm PST
, didn't we? the fiscal cliff, still looming. spending cuts and tax hikes that could shove our economy into recession. and a deadline lawmakers ignored until the very last possible minute. live pictures now of the capitol. looks beautiful. man, but there's a lot of wrangling going on there. lawmakers are back up -- had their backs up against the wall right now. and as they try to find a plan that can pass congress. let's hope they do. cnn's chief white house correspondent is jessica yellin. she is following the negotiations, working very hard on this saturday. so jess, democrats and republicans are supposedly working on a plan, even as we speak. what do we know about it? >> reporter: well, we know, don, that it's the senate leaders that are hashing this out. and what they're looking to negotiate is a deal that would extend current low tax rates for middle income americans. we don't know the exact threshold levels. so would it be people who make $400,000 and less, would it be $250,000 and less. but something that would extend low rates and then increase them above. extend probably unemp
CNN
Dec 28, 2012 2:00am PST
that pointed out to us. one final desperate attempt to dodge the fiscal cliff, just four days left before we go over the edge triggers tax hikes, spending cuts that could send the nation back into recession. the president calling for members of the congress the back. a gang of six attending. vice president biden, harry reid, house minority leader nancy pelosi, mitch mcconnell and john boehner representing the republicans. brianna keilar is live from washington. is anybody optimistic that a deal could be done today around a table? >> i will tell you the optimism is sort of sinking. senate majority leader harry reid said he doesn't see how it can get done by january 1st. we heard from president obama before he left from his vacation that he was optimistic. logistically the white house will tell you it's possible. when you listen to what you're hearing some of these congressional leaders say, there's a lot of posturing laying blame to the other side if we do go over the cliff. take a listen. >> republicans are not about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> we are
FOX News
Dec 29, 2012 7:00pm PST
warrants. thank you very much. part of the looming fiscal cliff includes a painful dose of automatic spending cuts that would kick in just a few days from now. our military would be on the receiving end of a lot of it. a half trillion dollars in cuts over the next decade. it has a fancy name. it is called see -- sequestration. many warn of job losses and even the impact on the national security. now, the news on this from washington. >> harris, last friday when president obama rolled out his new plan for steering us away from the fiscal cliff there was a word he did not say. that word was sequester. it would cut $100 billion from the budget next year, half from domestic programs and half from defense programs. and now as the deadline draws close, experts are look at these cuts from a national security standpoint and warning one final time about their impact on the safety of our service members. >> it is going to affect the operational force that is deployed in terms of its you ability to maintain its equipment and get repair parts. that force is deployed around the world. it is not just the force
CBS
Dec 25, 2012 6:00am PST
deadline is closing in for a deal to ray void the fiscal cliff. avoid the fiscal cliff, billions in tax hikes and spending cuts will kick in. that uncertainty sparked another day of selling on wall street christmas eve. the dow dropped almost 52 points. >>> one of the most popular gifts under the christmas tree? gift cards. the national retail federation survey found 81% of shoppers bought gift cards this year spending an average of $150 each. >>> despite an increase in gift cards sales retailers anticipate holiday sales will be disappointing. while spending is expected to be up over last year, it is expected to be less than businesses were hoping for. >>> smart phones are a popular gift this year. next year smart cameras could be a big hit. they are already a couple on the market. nikon's new camera has wi-fi gps and many of the apps you'll find on an android smart phone. samsung's galaxy cam can also go an line allowing you to take pictures and immediately share them on social media. other companies are working on similar devices for next year. that's your money watch. for more business headlines go to cbsmo
CW
Dec 27, 2012 10:00pm PST
for talks on the fiscal cliff. with just five days until the country tumbles into automatic tax hikes and spending cuts the president has scheduled a meeting. danielle nottingham on the efforts. >> reporter: top congressional leaders are expected to meet with president obama at the white house friday. this would be the group's first face to face meeting since november 16th and a last minute chance to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. if no deal is reached taxes will go up for nearly every american and harsh spending cuts will kick in on january 1st. senators reconvened on thursday with tension spilling over on to the floor. >> speaker boehner is unwilling to negotiate. there's nothing happening. >> the phone never rang and so now here we are five days from the new year and we might finally start talking. >> reporter: senate majority lyddite harry reid skewered house speaker john boehner, charging he's more interested in his leadership position than in bipartisan legislation. >> the speaker's number one goal is to get elected speaker on january 3rd. >> reporter: the two sides are at odds over tax cuts a
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 3:00pm PST
about taxes but spending cuts. >> that's right. half of the fiscal cliff is the fact that the bush tax rates are expiring midnight tonight. we've focused on that, whose taxes are going up, is it $250,000, or $400,000. the sequester, the spending cuts to the pentagon and elsewhere kick in. the bottom line is when you talk to republican senators they say the issue is not taxes, it's if you give the president more revenue he'll spend it on more government programs. >> senator harry reid should have made sure the senate passed a budget sometime in the last three years and it would be reconciled with the house and you would have a framework, a budget resolution. the fact we're down to the 59th minute of the 11th-hour and a couple elected officials and unelected staffs behind closed doors doing a back room deal is an outrage. >> in the final moments, a key development is that vice president joe biden has been in delaware for the weekend. he came back a few hours ago and is huddled behind closed doors, two phone calls with mitch mcconnell. a year and a half ago, it looked like all hope was lost and vice president with his long time in the senate many years was able to reach out to mitch mcconnell and they pulled a deal together in the fi
FOX Business
Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm EST
of the year you have fiscal cliff, debt limit, and appropriations laps all staring the american people in the face. i get it that people are sick of this combat at the same time it is because we have such an nasa's spending problem is the reason why these things are occurring the way they are. tom: you heard the president come out and talk to the white house press corps. he talked about maintain a middle-class tax cuts. he did not define what tht is. maybe it to 50 might be 40500. extend unemployment benefits and the spending cuts will get to those letters. >> here is what is so ironic, the same democrats in 2001 and three railed against the bush tax cuts. now see some salvation in them because they are what is propping up the economy right now beyond the ironic part of this, look, not only do you have that tax policy expiring and the sequestratn pending on january 2nd, but we have also got a lot of taxes kicking in january 1st which will pack a mighty big wallop. this is the perfect trifecta of bad things happening to the economy all at once. no one is talking about postponing the obamacare piece of this. quite frankly, if you wanted o cut over 1 trillion in spending of the next ten years right now, there's a p
FOX Business
Dec 26, 2012 8:00pm EST
should go over the fiscal cliff so people understand government spending is out of control and may start to ask the questions being asked at the f round table and kitchen tables ofam every family white christms sales are so low. they're saying how can i make a major purchases in this economye people are cutting back and want government to do the same thing but something else is playing into why you are seeing christmas sales go so low this christmas season. a lot believe if we are going to say happy holidays perhaps those people who say it is any other holiday should support the economy as a result they are not buying the gifts they need to buy. they are talking to their families about a other things tn gifts.e. eric: stay on this a little bit, if we do go over the fiscal cliff, texas will go up. going up for every income level across the board. but down the road, is that the only way we get our fiscal house back in order? >> we're back down to the law, this is only a fe if you shouldy for massive government is unfair to those few. there is no guarantee wealthy people will keep their mon
FOX News
Dec 26, 2012 1:00pm PST
just go over the fiscal cliff. the people that get hit hardest are most vulnerable. if we're going to cut the size and scope of government perhaps we should go over the fiscal cliff so people will understand government spending is out of control and may start to ask questions being asked at the kitchen tables of every family, why we see christmas sales so low. they're saying how do we make major purchases? people are cutting back in personal lives, they want got to do the same. something else is playing into christmas sales being low. christmas itself is under attack. a lot of christian conservatives believe that if we're going to say happy holiday, perhaps those that think it's any other holiday should support the economy and they're not buying the gifts they used to buy. they do christian efforts locally in churches and talk to families about other things than gifts. >> we always say merry christmas here but stay on this here. if we do go over the fiscal cliff, yes, taxes will go up. molly outlined how much for every income level across the board. >> very hard. >> down the road, isn't it the only way we get our fiscal house back in order? >> that's what i'm hearing and i believe myself is that if -- you know,
CNN
Dec 23, 2012 11:30am PST
democrats have left town for the holidays. if they also leave us to go over the fiscal cliff who will americans blame? cnn's paul stein hauser takes a look at the latest polls. >> hey, miguel. first things first, americans are worried about the tax increases and spending cuts that would kick in if the nation falls off the fiscal cliff at the end of the year. check this out, seven of ten questioned in our cnn/orc national poll said they there would be major problems or a crisis in the country if that happens. >> part of what voters were looking for, is some compromise up here. that's what, that's what folks want. >> and our poll indicates more americans want the republicans rather than the democrats could compromise more to reach bipartisan solutions. >> the democrat-controlled senate and white house have no plan and have offer nod plan all year to deal with these looming cuts. >>> but the public doesn't seem to agree. and more people would blame republicans in congress rather than the president if no deal is reached. one reason why? more people see the views and policies of the gop rather than the democratic party as too extreme. that wasn't the case two years ago. if there's any good news in the poll for the republicans, it's this -- a small majority say
KRON
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am PST
afternoon as the nation edges closer to the fiscal cliff. president obama and top congressional leaders will look for common ground to keep automatic tax increases and spending cuts from kicking in. if they have only four days to reach an agreement. the u.s. economy will grow over the so-called " fiscal cliff. " that's when automatic tax increases and spending cuts could take effect. retain a deal before then will not be easy. because right now, both sides are involved in a high-stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of a house representatives are watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. i told the president that i would be happy to look at whatever he proposes but the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline here and as i said this is a conversation we should have made months ago. democrats want to extend the bush era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making too much and $50,000 or more a year. many republicans remain against any tax increases. >> former president george h. w. bush is still in intensive care at a hospital in
NBC
Dec 28, 2012 6:00pm EST
mcconnell and harry reid are currently working on a bipartisan agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. again a reminder, on january 1st, a package of across-the- board spending cuts and tax increases go into effect. the president also issued an ultimatum saying if no bipartisan agreement can be reached, he will ask them to bring it package to the floor for an up or down vote. why does everyone have to wait until the last minute? he called this a self-inflicted political wounds. it is because they could not reach a deal earlier this year. we will have more tonight at 11. now we will lighten the mood a little bit here to talk about the soft shell crab sandwich. that's quite a sad way. it may become the first state sandwich. -- that's quite a segue. in 2008, they pass legislation to make the multi layered cake our state dessert. >> i like the sandwich. indicative ordered to -- an executive order aimed at minimizing damage to new and restructed buildings. they will need to be 2 feet higher than the 100-year flood level. >> i do not want to be controversial or anything. a crab cake sandwich mean more to maryland. it's partially cloudy right now. if you have players to
FOX
Dec 28, 2012 6:00am EST
... before the u-s economy goes over the poocclled "fiscal cliff." that's when automatic taxx increases and spending cuts would take effect. democrats wann to extend the bush-era tax cuts to everyone except ttose americans making 250- thousand dollars or more a year. but many republicans remain gginst any tax increases. if lawmakers don't peach a deal by january 1st... it could eventually lead to another recession. with all eyes on thh fiscal cliff... there's anothee deadline quickly approochinn that might have consumers concerned... the "milk cliff." it's part offa stalled farm bill... that includes nearlyy35-billioo- dollars in cuts. f the bill doesn't make it throuuh congress before the end of the year... the government will be forced tt buu vast quuntities of milk under a trummnnera law. that could send as 6 to 8 dollars ggllon... because the government would the wholeeale rate... under a pre-filed bill in the general assembly... is looking to make soft-shell crab... the official maryyand sannwicc.the senator richard colburn... an eastern shore republican.so dessert.in 2008... lawmakers passed llgisl
FOX
Dec 24, 2012 4:25am EST
tower and a gold fish and bright blades. >> consumers may be nervous about the fiscal cliff and the possibility of tax increases and spending cuts. with time running out to reach a deal, lawmakers are finger pointing about the lack of progress on averting tax hikes and deep spending cuts next month. senator joe lieberman says he believes it's more likely that the deadline will not be met. >>> we are learning more about the dui arrest of a u.s. senator. idaho republican michael crepo was pulled over in alexandria. an officer said he saw him run a red light. police say senator crepe po -- crepo registered a blood alcohol level of .11. he was released on pound about four hours later -- bound about four hours later. the. >>> the nation's largest gun lobby says efforts by congress to regulate guns or ammunition would not prevent more mass shootings like the one in connecticut. the nra response is being panned on several fronts, even from republicans. >> i say not to mention guns in trying to eliminate school violence is like not mentioning cigarettes and trying to eliminate lung cancer. it makes no sense. i am hopeful we can get this
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 11:00pm EST
fiscal cliff. today, the president met with congressional leaders at the white house, but the action is now in the u.s. senate, where the republican and democratic leaders are trying to find some sort of compromise. but if they can't, the president is insisting on an up and down vote on his plan in both the house and senate. the vote in the news room tonight was to have gary nurenberg fill us in. gary? >> reporter: derek, how absurd is this? almost no one wants the country to see that combination of huge spending cuts and tax increases, but month after month after month, congress has been unable to cut a deal to avoid them. how absurd is this? so absurd the president is quoting yogi berra to describe it. >> this is deja vu all over again. america wonders why it is that in this town for some reason, you can't get stuff done in an organized timetable, why everything has to wait until the last minute. we're now at the last minute. >> reporter: the president spoke after a meeting where republican and democratic senate leaders agreed to try to find a solution. >> we're out of town. we've got
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 4:00am PST
deal to avoid the so-called fiscal cliff. in just four days across-the-board spending cuts take effect. >>> if president obama and congress fails to reach an agreement the price of milk could lead sharply. perhaps $6 per gallon. at issue is the farm bill and how much the federal government pays farmers. john blackstone reports. >> who wants milk? >> me. >> me. >> me. >> reporter: with four children the rasmussen family in california drinks about five gallons a week on milk. if congress doesn't pass the bill, i would cost him $106. that has dad sean rasmussen worried. >> they have to have their milk. we might have to cut elsewhere. >> reporter: without new legislation government prices revert back to 1939 levels. back then the process was more laborious and farmers needed a higher subsidy to cover their costs. dan sumner says the new price of milk would be far above what it now costs dairy farmers to produce it. >> it really will be chaos. >> reporter: so we would go back to this old farm bill which would force the government to buy milk at an extremely high price. >> that's righ
FOX Business
Dec 24, 2012 1:00pm EST
over the fiscal cliff? lori: cannot wait to hear where we stand, the latest negotiation or any at all on the cliff. spending specifically on toys. there is not a runaway must-have toy this year, but there are some hits and a few misses as well. what will be under the trees or what will be stuck on the retail shelves. david: but first, we will tell you what drove the market today with today's "data download." continued gridlock in the beltway sending stocks lower. the shorts in the day of trading. all three major indices closing the red with the dow closing the best losses, energy and utilities led the declines while materials and consumer discretionary outperform. natural gas a big mover in the energy pits falling more than 2% despite colder weather in much of the country this week forecasters expecting mild temperatures in january and that might have hurt natural gas a little bit. the japanese yen falling to a 20 month low against the dollar. coming to the back of comments from the incoming prime minister who says he will consider changing the law governing central banks getting more politically involved. lori: we have
FOX News
Dec 26, 2012 7:00pm PST
right, kimberly. in november we voted for obama's super size government. so what is the fiscal cliff? the fiscal cliff is the check. it's the tab after the buffet of all that spending. so the irony is everyone in the beltway thinks it's so terrible we are going over the fiscal cliff because it's so irresponsible. well, ironically it's the opposite. the whole point of the fiscal cliff is when the fiscal cliff is cleared and we jump over it, we are getting rid of all the accounting game mix, the temporary stings of things that allow congress to pretend it's being fiscally responsible when it's not. what's going to happen? a lot of taxes will go up but taxes will go up on everybody, not injure the guy around the tree that's paying for everything but everyone will have to pay. and then folks will realize the government we are voting for costs us money too. >> that's the thing. if we don't go over the cliff and they don't reach a compromise, what will happen? they can't afford to keep spending like this. won't spending have to go down by virtue after compromise not being reached? spending will go down a little bit because of the sequester and 9 defense spending, what you ta
LINKTV
Dec 28, 2012 7:00pm PST
modestly optimistic a deal can be reached to stop the economy falling off the fiscal cliff. talks are taking place before tax rises and spending cuts come into effect on january 1. the woman who's a gang rape sparked mass protest in india has died in hospital. doctors treating the 23-year-old say she was showing signs of severe organ failure before her death. thousands of iraqis are protesting, accusing administration of marginalizing them. the so-called fiscal quiff threatening the u.s. economy. have we are joined by an economics columnist with the washington newspaper. he says without an immediate deal, the discussion will significantly change in the new year. >> i think what we will see from the republicans is much greater flexibility as we get into the new year, if it comes to that. and, instead of voting for a tax increase, they are voting for a tax cut. the same policy, when you are voting for it on january 4, would be a tax cut. today, it would be a tax increase. it is a weird way of thinking about it, but we are a strange land, in terms of u.s. policy right now. heather is a sense the entire dynamic would change if we get a
ABC
Dec 23, 2012 7:00am EST
automatic spending cuts kick in. the dreaded fiscal cliff that will likely have a powerful impact on the economy can washington actually come to an agreement and what's going on behind the scenes? don peebles, chair monday and ceo of the peebles corporation, don was a leading fund-raiser for president obama. good to see you. >> thank you. >> a lot of drama happening in washington. let's talk about the fiscal cliff. what's your take on how this plays out? now with just a few days left in the year to get this deal done. >> i don't think they're going to come back after christmas. i think that we will see them back in early january to make a compromise. i think that comp promise is gog be in between where the president is and where the speaker is. >> you say ve go off the fiscal cliff then? >> yes, do. >> do you think we will see the economy hit recession? that was the expectation, right? >> no. that is the expectation but i don't think so. i think there's been a lot of drama, especially on the tax increase side. the tax increase side is do symbolic. at the end of the day it's not going to
KRON
Dec 27, 2012 4:00am PST
to falling off the so-called fiscal cliff. a series of tax hikes and spending cuts that to make affected in five days. >> there still seems to be no signs of compromise between congress and president obama. >> president obama returns to washington today after cutting his holiday vacation short. >> this is video of the president leading from his vacation. >> house and senate members are expected to reconvene today as well. >> without a budget agreement, automatic tax increases for everyone in the spending cuts will be triggered in the new year. >> the main dispute continues to be over taxes. >> there was a big drop in wall street because of the fiscal cliff. the dow off 25 points yesterday as investors are increasingly skeptical that lawmakers will make a deal on the fiscal cliff the flat this morning. in the opening bell. a letter from the treasury secretary air to congress sent after the bill yesterday may also weigh on the market. >> government reports on the labour and housing markets, a consumer confidence and manufacture more do throughout the day. >> in bay area headlines
ABC
Dec 24, 2012 6:30am EST
white house to avoid the fiscal cliff. with one week to go president obama and congress are on christmas vacation. it will be thursday before talks resume to prevent automatic tax hikes and spending cuts taking effect january 1st. on friday, speaker boehner and the president left town with no deal each making a parting pitch. >> we have asked leaders of congress to work towards a package preventing a tax hike on middle class americans protects unemployment insurance for two million americans, and lace the ground work for further work on both growth and deficit reduction. >> the president's solution of raising tax rates would be red ink as far as the eye can see. and it would hurt jobs. >> if congress fails to reach any agreement in con-- income tax rates will go up on about everybody on january 1st. unemployment benefits will expire for many as well. >>> the u.s. senator arrested for driving under the influence says he is "deeply sorry" for what happened. police say that michael crapo was pulled over early sunday in dc for running a red light. he he was arrested after failing a sobriety test. he has been released on bond and he is a mormon from idaho and has said in past interviews he
CBS
Dec 27, 2012 7:00am PST
deal with unfinished fiscal cliff business. with just five days until the combination of automatic tax increases and spending cuts that could send the economy back into recession, mr. obama wants congress to take the lead in getting the job done. the senate convenes later today and senate majority leader harry reid told members to be prepared to address fiscal cliff issues through the weekend. reid is working on his own plan to get lawmakers to come together before the end of the year deadline. that plan would likely include letting the bush tax cuts expire for households making more than $250,000 a year and short term spending cuts instead of the massive long-term cuts that would happen if there is no deal. after our wednesday conference call, house republican leaders issued a statement saying they were waiting for the democratic controlled senate. the house will take this action on whatever the senate can pass they said but the senate first must act. in a sign of public frustration over the lack of a deal the coffee giant starbucks is asking employees in approximately 120 washington area cafes to write the word
FOX Business
Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm EST
thing to keep in mind with stocks, one part we have to worry about is the fiscal cliff. we have taxes and spending to worry about there. but what the real issue is, in my opinion is the debt ceiling debate that is just around the corner. adam: oh, joy of joy. >> if we get some deal with the fiscal cliff which i think we will and our politicians are the worst even a blind squirrel will occasionally find a nut. they will get this done sometime by january 15th or something like that. if they do not extend the debt ceiling you will have close to armageddon at the end of february and march. adam: spencer i take issue what about our politicians being the worst. our congress is the best congress money can buy. don't forget it. jonathan he is talking about armageddon because of the debt ceiling. i would be terrified if i were not in the market putting my toe in this. there will have to be buying opportunity if people panic and sell. >> which market, adam? that can be the story of 2003 and headlines are obviously scary they have a tendency to sell stocks and buy bonds. that is the safe move. i think the rever
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